Longtime Laramie football coach John R. Deti died Thursday in Cheyenne at 80.

A Facebook post from a member of the Deti family was shared by the Laramie Plainsmen Twitter account on Thursday night reporting the death.

Deti was the head coach at Laramie from 1977-2002. He was also the head coach at Sheridan from 1966-70 and at Cody in 1965. He also coached at Mullen High School in Denver in 1964-65.

Deti was the son of former Laramie coach John E. Deti, who led the Plainsmen from 1944-76, when his son took over the helm. The high school football stadium in Laramie bears the family name — Deti Stadium. The elder Deti died in 1986.

His record of 188-102-2 ranks him fourth all-time in state history. His Laramie teams won Class 4A championships in 1984 and 1994.

He was a member of the Wyoming Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and he was twice the head coach for the South team in the Wyoming Shrine Bowl (1988 and 1992).

Funeral arrangements are pending.

More: Casper Star-Tribune, Laramie Boomerang


One Thought on “Legendary Laramie coach John R. Deti dies at 80

  1. Michael Bates on November 23, 2019 at 11:22 am said:

    prayers to the family. I coached my first year under John in 1999. He taught me the importance of the run for sure. I can’t imagine Laramie without the Deti name…

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